/ Flying to font.
We always fly into paris beauvais since thats where Ryanair flys to...but Charles De Gaulle is about an hour closer to Font...and since you're flying from Manchester, chances are that would be your best bet.
Orly is closer to 'bleau but if not hiring a car you'd still have to travel via Paris and there's few (if any ?) flights from the UK to Orly
Consider Paris Orly as it is on the south side of Paris. Don't know about connections.
City Jet are the only airline I could find that flys to Orly....not really convenient unless you're flying from London tho.
If you fly to Orly you can get trains to Malesherbes which is close to Buthiers climbing area. If you fly to Charles De Gaulle you'll be able to get a train to Fontainebleau town itself. Both take 1.5-2 hours but the train from Orly is considerably cheaper.
Don't let Uk public transport dishearten you. We have the crappest network in the whole of Europe.
France etc tends to run a lot smoother, and most train/bus stations have enough multi-lingual staff to be able to deal with any questions you have. Might be best to get as much info as possible about your travel route closer to Paris as you can get some confused francophone bus drivers further out but as long as you have enough info for your links etc you'll be fine.
It's about a day's walk from Orly :)
Do not go to "Paris" Beauvais. It is nowhere near Paris and there are no transport links.
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